NO, IT HASN’T ACTUALLY HAPPENED, BUT IF IT DOES WE’LL KNOW WHY!
One can only assume that if Australian forces don’t mind murdering civilians as they set about murdering Taliban leaders in Afghanistan then they won’t jump up and down and get too upset if the ‘enemy’ comes over to Australia and does the same thing here.
If we wake up one morning to hear that one of our political leaders or a senior military leader and his or her entourage have been blown to bits together with several dozen civilians in a targeted killing in say Canberra then we’ll know exactly why will we not?
It’s been revealed that Australian Special Forces have been directly involved in targeted killings in Afghanistan, killings in which many civilians have also been killed. It’s all too easy to simply write these innocent civilians off as ‘collateral damage’ and ‘unintentionally killed’ but it doesn’t excuse the fact that these soldiers weren’t actually facing their enemy in battle when they murdered them. If ‘they’ did the same thing to ‘us’ then we would call them ‘murdering cowards’ or some such but when we do it to them its somehow OK despite the fact that the vast majority of Australians have never met an Afghani, and there would be many that couldn’t even find the place on a map, yet they’re quite content to think that its OK because it’s just ‘our boys doing what’s asked of them’.
One could argue that ‘all is fair in love and war’ but then if that’s the case we shouldn’t be complaining when the ‘enemy’ (they’re not my enemy, incidentally) find a way to do the same here in Australia or, indeed, in the US, or any other NATO country that’s currently murdering the Afghan people in their own country.
When ‘they’ kill ‘us’ we call them ‘murdering terrorists’ but when ‘we’ kill ‘them’ we call it eliminating the enemy by targeted assassination and those that do it are hailed as heroes.
One has to wonder who the real terrorists actually are.